Highly medicated homemade candy canes

Published Dec 7, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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When it comes to the holidays, we all tend to let our guards and diets down at least a little so that we can enjoy all of the sweet treats that we use to celebrate the season. It's a wonderful time of the year, but it's also stressful, crazy, and high pressure, which makes it the perfect time to break out some delicious edibles, and there is nothing more suited to the occasion than yummy homemade candy canes. Of course, we usually buy them from the store, so most aren't sure where to start from scratch, but here, we've got all of that information and more.

A cannabis-infused candy cane recipe

This homemade peppermint candy is effortless to make as long as you follow the directions closely. However, you will need some cannabis-infused corn syrup before you can get started, as it's the base of infusion for this delicious edible. Of course, you can always add a small amount of cannabis oil or decarboxylated concentrate/buds to the mix. Still, the measurements will then change, and it could risk the whole thing by making the candy mixture too watery, so you're much better off if you can to start with canna-corn syrup.

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking: 15

Calories: 90

Servings: 10


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup canna-corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint flavouring
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  • Large saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Candy thermometer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cookie sheets
  • Clean scissors
  • Platter


  1. Add the first four listed ingredients to a saucepan, and over medium heat, mix them with a whisk until all of the sugar dissolves.

  2. Stop mixing and bring the candy liquid up to 265 F.

  3. Once the ingredients reach the perfect temperature, remove the saucepan from the heat and then divide the mixture into two even portions in mixing bowls.

  • Add the red food colouring to one of the bowls, and then blend it in with a wooden spoon.

  • Butter two cookie sheets, and then pour half of each colour into each pan.

  • Use the tip of a wooden spoon or a butter knife to make a pattern by swirling the red and white together to give a traditional candy cane look and effect.

  • 7.Now with clean hands, you'll need to stretch each batch of candy one at a time until each chunk looks like a long tube that is the width of a candy cane.

    1. Cut the candy cane logs into 8-inch long pieces and then bend the ends to look like candy canes.

    2. Lightly butter a platter, and leave the fresh homemade candy canes to harden for at least one hour before storing.


    To store your homemade candy, you'll need something to wrap each one in so that they don't stick together like plastic wrap, parchment paper, or sealable plastic bags, which can then be placed in a Tupperware container and then stored on the counter or in the fridge. Since this candy cane recipe doesn't add a bunch of preservatives to the mix, you'll want to enjoy these treats within a month of making them, but that still gives you plenty of time to get through a batch.


    The potency of your peppermint candy will ultimately depend on the strength of the canna-corn syrup that you use. If you aren't sure, then it's best to enjoy only one candy at a time until you gain experience and confidence with how much you can handle.

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